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Dueling masters on words:

"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary."

--William Faulkner, writer (1897-1962), on Ernest Hemingway, writer (1899-1961)

"Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?"

--Ernest Hemingway, writer (1899-1961), on William Faulkner, writer (1897-1962)

Providence residents pack workshop, debate 'single family large' zone

By Taylor Scott

March 10, 2006 | PROVIDENCE -- Forty people packed into the Providence City Council chambers Thursday night for the Providence Planning Commission and City Council workshop to discuss the rezoning of Providence. 

For several months the city council and the planning commission have talked about the creation of a single family large (SFL) zone.  Both feel the solutions they have discussed have only been 'Band-Aids' compared to the large wound that the city has yet to mend.  However, many citizens of Providence have conflicting ideas of what should be done with the issue.

Blain Sorenson, planning commissioner said, "The biggest concern that we have is that some of the things that have come to us recently is that there are those that think growth should occur, that growth shouldn't occur, and those that feel as though we could proceed but at a slow pace."

At this workshop, Jodi Hoffman, ULCT legislative consultant (and former attorney for Park City) and Dan Laughlin, Utah Quality Growth Commission chair, both discussed with Providence residents the training and incentives for implementation of quality growth principles and initiatives.

As both Hoffman and Laughlin spoke they narrowed down the options to one solution. Both speakers seemed to agree that the resolution for Providence would be a "cluster" effect.  The cluster is a combination of open land space and land designated to development.  It seemed that each speaker made sure that Providence officials knew that when deciding what to do on the rezoning issue that choices were made in consideration of the future. 

"Growth is going to happen, it is going to happen," said Hoffman.

After hearing what the presenters had to say, the planning commission moved on to discussing the SFL zone.  At the conclusion of an hour after hearing what residents thought should happen and taking into consideration the speakers remarks, both city council and planning commission tabled the discussion and within one month will again convene for a retreat to hash out a final solution to the rezoning issue.  A date was not decided upon at the meeting.

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